While in residence Whitney will create a zine called WritingWhileBlack: Unearthing Halifax through a Futuristic Lens, exploring and decolonizing stories of black folks past, present and future from Halifax, Africville and Dartmouth. The zine will contain interviews, visual art, poetry, and short pieces of non-fiction. Whitney plans to offer her creative writing workshop series Writing While Black in Halifax, Dartmouth and Africville to create space for black writers to share works and support one another in their artistic adventures.
Whitney French is a writer, workshop facilitator, educator and a zinester of colour. Whitney’s art is to constantly merge the written word, storytelling, and intergenerational narratives alongside zine culture and other multimedias through an Afrofuturistic perspective. Whitney is most passionate about uncovering the erased histories of black folks in Canada. For seven years she has conducted workshops in schools, community centres, prisons and First Nation reserves. Whitney founded the nation-wide zine From the Root, dedicated to showcasing artistic works by women of colour in Canada.
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